The White House announced on Monday that the recipients of the Gears of Government President’s Award, which seeks to acknowledge the contributions of federal employees and teams who help improve the lives of U.S. citizens. “These awards recognize not just the front-line mission employees, but also those teams and individuals that are strengthening our country to be a more modern, effective government to better serve their fellow citizens,” Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of management and Budget, said in a statement published Monday.Read More »
A new government watchdog report shows that the Department of Energy remains on the government's High Risk List for inadequate contractor management and oversight despite spending $200B on awards over the past decade and contracting changes. The Government Accountability Office issued the report on Tuesday highlighting the lack of proper reporting by DOE on the performance of its contractors.Read More »
Peter Fanta, deputy assistant secretary for nuclear matters at the Department of Defense, has said the U.S. should shift its focus from updating delivery systems toward modernizing nuclear warheads, Defense News reported Tuesday. Fanta told the audience at the Nuclear Deterrence Summit that DoD and the Department of Energy should collaborate to come up with engineering and manufacturing capabilities to develop updated warheads by 2040s in order to keep pace with potential enemies’ technological advancements.Read More »
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has issued the seventh iteration of its Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecard, which shows that 11 agencies saw improvement in their letter grades. Thirteen federal agencies maintained their scores, according to the biannual scorecard released by the House panel.
The Government Accountability Office has called on eight federal departments and their component agencies to organize their policies and review and approval processes for their information technology budgets.Read More »
DOE Solicits Input on Proposed Execution of Critical Electric Infrastructure Information Designation Authority
The Energy Department seeks public feedback on its plan to leverage its designation authority to share critical electric infrastructure information under the Federal Power Act.Read More »
The Energy Department has introduced a program to explore technologies and strategies to address the country's water security, cost and safety challenges.Read More »
President Donald Trump has signed into law a package of bills that would allocate fiscal 2019 funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs, military construction and energy and water infrastructure. A White House fact sheet published Friday says the minibus legislation would appropriate $86.5B in funds for VA, including $1.75B for MISSION Act programs, $1.1B for electronic health record system modernization and $8.6B for mental health services.
Alan Thomas, commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, has said the board that oversees the Technology Modernization Fund plans to award the next round of funding for information technology upgrades at agencies amid uncertainty in budget allocation for TMF in fiscal 2019, Federal Times reported Thursday. “We did not take into account whether we were going to get another tranche of money in there,” Thomas, a member of the Technology Modernization Board, said Thursday at an Association for Federal Information Resource Management event.Read More »